Tu Mamá También (Mexico/USA; 105min.)
directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
starring: Maribel Verdú; Gael García Bernal; Diego Luna; Marta Aura
|Ellen says: "I can see that MAMA might be a 'teen movie' because it is about teens and has those silly things that teens do - fart jokes, drinking, etc as noted by others. But, I felt these elements were there just because that is part of the life of the people at the center of the film rather than that they were driving force of the film in the way that they are in films like AMERICAN PIE. I thought the filmmaker/screenwriter did a great job of dealing with difficult themes while not stereotyping the characters as stupid teen boys (and we all know many of them - on screen and in real life). Overall, I enjoyed the film. And, I really enjoyed that the sexual elements were dealt with in a refreshing way." 4 cats|
|Esmé says: "Ay carumba! I am sweating just thinking about this film. Anyone who knows me knows I loved Y TU MAMA. I won't describe the plot, because I think everyone must know it. It was sad, truthful and shot really nicely. I liked the stupid horniness of the boys, the simultaneous daring,strength and vulnerability of Luisa. I loved the shots of the side of the rode as they drove to the beach. One thing tho'--while I thought the voiceovers that gave 'statistical' information about what happened later, or what did happen before, was really interesting and added depth to the story and made the viewer contemplate the country Mexico, I didn't like the way the dialog was suddenly muted for the voiceover."|
"I saw this Mexican film recently, (Spanish with English subs) and
had mixed feelings. It was well made, energetic and fun, but I found parts
of it unbelievable.
"Two teenaged and highly-sexed best friends meet a beautiful young married woman, and end up taking a trip to a mythical beach with her. There's lots of sex, infidelity, and questions of infidelity. The woman takes charge and tries to educate them.
It explores the relationship between the boys, and their enthusiam is nice. However the motivation and story of the woman and how she acts, which I won't reveal, don't ring true.
"One excellent part is that it portrays Mexico in an exciting and fun light, which you don't often see. It makes me want to visit. "
"Finally got to see this wonderful Mexican film that was highly recommended,
and I enjoyed it very much. It was a relief to be able to view an honest
account of how teenagers deal with relationships and sexuality. It was also
fascinating to see the politics of Mexico portrayed in the background of
many scenes - leading class corruption, protests by liberals fighting for
rights, and especially the scary police presence we all hear so much about.
It appears the threat from them is as bad as the threats from any criminal
element. And there was that sneaking subtext of a native Indian population
being marginalized and semi-enslaved. The ending rang so true...nothing
wrapped up in a neat little package, just the emotionally wounded trying
to get on with their lives.
"I did notice one problem with the soundtrack and wonder if anyone else experienced this. Whenever the narrator began to speak, there would be a split second drop out on the soundtrack, and then one would hear his voice alone instead of hearing it over the ambient background noise, such as traffic, etc. I found this to be quite distracting. (I did see the film in a second run theatre....)"
"Luna and Bernal are perfect as attractive boys from opposite social
strata who, while mostly decent, frequently act like complete jerks. But
the film belongs to the marvelous Verdu, a sexy slip of an earth mother
who mourns her tragedies in private and embraces life in public. It's a
touching performance." 4 cats
For Laura's complete review: "http://www.reelingreviews.com/ytumamatambien.htm"
"Well, I have a feeling I'm going to be in the
minority on this one... and let me preface by saying that Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN
was a very good movie. Let me even say that I enjoyed it for the most part.
The acting was great, the filmmaking accomplished, the sex was fun and refreshing...
"But you know what? Despite the weaving into the narrative of issues like politics, economics, sex, love, death... a teen movie is at its core, a teen movie for me. There are teen movies I enjoy... DONNIE DARKO springs directly to mind, but I'm sure if I thought about it I'd be able to come up with several more. But the raunchy, sex, drinking, farting teen movie generally bores me. Y TU MAMA didn't bore me, but the framework (the fact that it was structured as a teen movie) kept me distanced from the characters. I didn't really care about any of the three characters.
"Director Alfonso Cuarón does a masterful job in weaving the serious issues into the framework of the story. His use of narration was interesting, although occasionally overdone. I rather enjoyed the reactions (or more accurately lack of reactions) of the main characters when faced with poverty, or death, or corruption." 3 1/2 cats
And in response to Scot: "I'll admit, as I was writing my review, I was a little uncomfortable calling it "A Teen Movie," because as Scot (and I believe, I) said, it's so much more. I almost called it a "coming of age" film, but I didn't because I usually LOVE that genre of film. And, despite the fact that I did really like Y TU MAMA, there was something distancing me form the characters, and I'm not sure what that was. However, it was a flaw from me, hence, I liked it a lot, but didn't love it."
|Nathaniel R. says:
"Along with MONSOON
WEDDING, the best that movie theaters have offered in 2002. Y Tu Mamá
También is like a great rebuke to Hollywood for decades of stupid-ass
teen sex comedies. See, you can make intelligent motion pictures that deal
with horny guys. Director Alfonse Cuaron teams with one my all time favorite
cinematographers Emmanuel Lubeski for this affecting, rowdy, and honest
"Imagine this: A sex comedy where the sex actually a) makes sense b) leads the characters somewhere emotionally c) doesn't shy away from painful truths or cater to mainstream sensibilities ...and d) isn't portrayed as tragedy like it is in every goddamn other film. Then imagine that this film is a worldwide hit, too. Will the wonders never cease? Add to its list of significant pleasures another clear indication of how big a star Gael Garcia Bernal could become internationally... and you have a Must See film."
|Nathaniel T. says: "After much hype and pomp, this ended up exceeding my expectations. Three good leads, great screenplay, great cinematography, and interesting themes. I was engaged 100% of the time, and for the first time in a while, I found myself sad to see the end of the film. Gael Garcia Bernal is officially the New Best Thing, and Maribel Verdu is also remarkable. On the whole, one of the best things so far this year." 4 cats|
"A lot of folks keep referring to this as 'A
Teen Movie' or even 'A Smart Teen Movie' and I have to butt in and say:
don't buy into this definition. A teen movie is a movie *made* for a teenage
audience, and I think most of us would agree that the complex themes of
Y Tu Mama Tambien have nothing to do with fart jokes, getting laid, or heavy
drinking. The two main characters behave in an adolescent manner because
they are adolescents, not to entertain us. If you're searching for a genre
for the film, I think it's 'Coming of Age Film,' like SPLENDOR
IN THE GRASS, SET
ME FREE, or ... hmm. SHANE.
I'd just hate to hear that someone missed the film because they thought
it was another AMERICAN
And in response to Jane: "Oh I rather liked that, Jane. Just as you become involved in the action onscreen, you're reminded that you are merely an outside observer, not one of the participants. Kind of an auditory alienation effect, in the good, Brechtian sense."